Personal Care Aide Certificate

Sometimes just a little help can make a big difference. When a family member, friend, or neighbor is not available to provide needed support for independent living, a Personal Care Aide becomes an essential part of a care team.

The Personal Care Aide Certificate is designed to meet the needs of Southern Nevada for a prepared and educated workforce in health care. It is a partnership between UNLV Continuing Education and Las Vegas employers.  

Personal care aides provide critical support for everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, housekeeping, errands, and meal planning. Students will explore key issues related to providing safe, attentive personal care services in a home-based setting or group facility. 

During a hands-on clinical skills lab, practice skills essential to the care of elderly and disabled clients including bathing, dressing, mobility, transferring, toileting, grooming, and meal planning. Because personal care aides often work with vulnerable populations, professional ethics are emphasized throughout training. Students will learn OSHA and CDC standards, documentation, abuse, and professional responsibility.
 
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
To earn the Personal Care Aide Certificate, you must successfully complete the Personal Care Aide Course (8 CEUs). 
 
PREREQUISITES AND ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:
Students must be 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED. Students must pass a drug screening, background check, TB test, and physical prior to employment as a Personal Care Aide.
 
PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS: 
Please contact Visiting Angels at 702-407-1100 to apply for this program.  Let them know you are interested in the UNLV Personal Care Aide Program. 
 

 

Learning Outcomes: 
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